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Old 13 September 2015, 21:57   #21
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Okay, thanks for info.

I've only used it this once today so I'll clean it off tomorrow and stick to one of the other crappy proper ones until the 3M arrives.

There must be something good out there, I've bought just about every polish mentioned on this board and they all suck ass on black tubes. That is one of the reasons I got the 3M actually, I ran out of it with last boat and want to try it on this one as it was the best for applying and looks IMO on my blue tubes.

I must have 150 quid worth fancy RIB cleaners and polishes, waste of money for the most part.

Talking about cleaning, my experience FWIW

decks- forget fancy deck cleaners, wet the deck and sprinkle on washing up powder and 2 mins with a deck brush you are done....works better than starbrite deck cleaner or a pressure washer anyway.

Hulls- starbrite hull cleaner...amazing. Spray on (carefully, it will ruin galv trailer) and brush with one of those big window cleaner things, rinse, job done.

Tube cleaner- TFR or RIB revive and a magic sponge. Normal cleaning just washing up liquid.

Tube protection- I only have experience of blue and black hypalon. 3M was best on the blue, only armorall has worked worth a toss on the black thus far and looks like I'll be taking it off after 1 day to be safe down the road.....can't win!
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Old 14 September 2015, 02:36   #22
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The chaps at Henshaws told me to wash tubes down in washing up liquid & use aerospace 303 protectant
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[QUOTE=mick;693822]The chaps at Henshaws told me to wash tubes down in washing up liquid & use aerospace 303 protectant[/QUOTE
They should know...never come across that one before Mate..just ordered some on line
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They should know...never come across that one before Mate..just ordered some on line
Been using 303 for years, good stuff.
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The chaps at Henshaws told me to wash tubes down in washing up liquid & use aerospace 303 protectant
303 Protectant is good stuff!

I wasn't sure if you guys had it across the pond?

It is non-petroleum and non-silicone, so there is no risk of damaging adhered surfaces, causing delamination of the material, or inhibiting future gluing.

Tools I usually use:
medium bristle boat brush
microfiber sponge
mr. clean magic erasers

My favorite tube cleaners are:
Nautical Ease Inflatable Cleaner
Z-Tuff Z-cleaner

Protectant:
Nautical Ease inflatable finish
303 Protectant
Aurora Marine Poly Guard

For white hypalon, I recommend a yearly scrubbing with bleach. The best cleaner / bleach I've found to destroy & prevent mold/mildew is:
Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom cleaner

If you use bleach on hypalon, be sure to rinse it and soap it down afterwords. Bleach is not technically compatible with hypalon/csm elastomers. It will oxidize the material and cause it to break down if it is not rinsed off.
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I've tried just about everything over the years for dressing the tubes, just tried 303 on my black tubes. Very impressed so far.


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Well I've just taken the armaroll off, it looked amazing for less than 24 hours, now back to the Ribstore tube protector, looks terrible again full of streaks. Apply thin and buff off my ass.

I'll pick up some 303, I think that is only thing never tried.
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